From Denis House, London Sentinel Echo
What would you do if someone came into your business and starting shooting?
In light of the recent incident at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis, Maryland, where a gunman killed five people, Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., asked their papers to have local law enforcement come in and give a training seminar for employees on what to do in case of an emergency situation.
On Thursday morning, Officer Travis Dotson with the London Police Department gave a training seminar for the staff of the Sentinel-Echo, showing a Power Point presentation, some video, and then fielding questions.
“In light of everything that is happening in our world I think it’s important for employees to feel safe in their workplace,” said Dave Eldridge, regional publisher of The Sentinel-Echo, the Times-Tribune in Corbin in and the Richmond Register. “This was just the initial session. Now we will implement things, such as making sure employees know escape routes, and later the police will return to go over more things with us.”
Dotson noted that in today’s society, nobody is immune to this happening and everybody is a suspect. “We live in a fallen, broken world,” Dotson said. He also noted that people need to be more vigilante of their surroundings, to be more aware of things going on around them.
“You’ve got to have it engrained in your head what’s best for you at all times,” Dotson said. “Know your doors and exits. You have to know when to run, hide and fight. I can give you the basics. It’s up to you to come up with the best plan for your business.”
“Everybody now needs to be finding where the fire extinguishers are, where are things I can pick up and wield as a weapon, what the best exits and escape routes are,” Eldridge told his employees after the session ended.